A British feel
Set on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain, Torremolinos was one of the first holiday resorts to draw sun-hungry Brits back in the Sixties. Today, around 3.5 million holidaymakers come here for their annual blast of warmth, whether it’s in the summer or the winter. As a result, the town has quite a British slant, with familiar places serving pints, roasts and fry-ups.
Top beach scene
Of course the big draw here is the beach. Torremolinos has got 9 kilometres of the sandy stuff, and it shelves nicely into the sea so it’s good paddling territory. The entire stretch is backed by a prom that merges into the smart marina of Benalmadena.
Torremolinos likes to party, and it’s got the clubs to prove it. The 24-hour party people head to the area that merges with Benalmadena. At the other end of town, lots of bars wave the rainbow flag. If you’re looking for something a bit less full-on, try La Carihuela in the heart of town. It’s about as Spanish as it gets, with no end of tapas bars and seafood restaurants.
Another great thing about Torremolinos is it’s really well placed for daytrips. Just 20 minutes down the road and you’re in Malaga. And a bit further on – about 2 hours tops – you’ve got Andalusia’s big 3, Granada, Seville and Ronda.